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Guest Article #38: Mobilizing for Impact in 2015: Inspiring Action for People and Planet[viewed]

To achieve good outcomes from key processes culminating in 2015, we must mobilize both political will and public engagement at all levels.

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Member States Set Modalities for Post-2015 Negotiations[viewed]

UN Member States have informally agreed on a draft decision on the modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.The decision is expected to be adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Consultations on the modalities began in November and concluded on 17 December 2014, co-facilitated by David Donoghue (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya).

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015[viewed]

“The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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UN Discusses Migration in Post-2015 Development Agenda, SDG Targets[viewed]

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Germany, held a high-level panel on defining the role of migration in the post-2015 development agenda. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told participants that if human rights are not included in the post-2015 development agenda, it will not meet the "core function" of leaving no one behind.

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African Officials Recommend Actions for Implementing Agenda 2063[viewed]

High-level officials discussed the implementation of Agenda 2063, Africa's vision for economic, human and social development, at the African Union (AU)-Regional Economic Communities (RECs)-UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)-African Development Bank (AfDB) Coordination Meeting of the Committee of Ministers.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Crime Prevention, Sustainable Development[viewed]

The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The note describes the debate's scope, objectives, format and expected outcome, and provided background information on the relationship between crime prevention and sustainable development, including its consideration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Regional workshop on achieving the MDGs and post-2015 development agenda in Asian LDCs[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is organizing this capacity building workshop for national policy makers and other stakeholders in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the region in view of the slow-down in their progress toward development goals since the global financial crisis of 2008.

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Policy Update #5: Financing for (Sustainable) Development: Building the Vascular System of the Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

Achieving a transformative post-2015 development agenda will require a comprehensive framework for its financing, among other means of implementation.

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EU Ministers Call for Policy Coherence in Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

The Council of the European Union (EU) discussed and adopted the conclusions of its Foreign Affairs Council on coordination of international aid efforts in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, highlighting the need to approach the issues in a “truly transformative” manner and to promote policy coherence.

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UNGA Reaches Informal Agreement on Post-2015 Summit Organization, Dates[viewed]

UN Member States have informally agreed on a draft resolution on the ‘Organization of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda,' including on the dates of the Summit. By the resolution, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) would decide that the UN Summit on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US, with the 70th session of the UN General Debate beginning on 28 September.

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